Pilgrimage of Mercy
The Year of Mercy is an invitation to experience God’s mercy in our own lives and to bring that mercy to others. At the heart of the Year of Mercy is the call of Jesus to conversion and his love for those in need of his compassion and forgiveness. A sign of this love is the Jubilee Indulgence, of which Pope Francis says: ‘I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.’ (Letter of Pope Francis granting the indulgence for the Jubilee of Mercy)
The Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, has been given the blessing of having a Door of Mercy during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. To help pilgrims at the Shrine of St Charles of Mount Argus to celebrate the Year of Mercy, a pilgrim’s journey on the theme of God’s Mercy has been prepared. There are seven stations: the Door of Mercy, the Shrine of St Charles, the image of Our Lady of Mercy, the Baptismal Font, the Tabernacle with the window of the Crucifixion above it, the Pieta, and the image of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a saint noted for works of mercy. At each station there is a reading, a reflection and a prayer related to the dimension of God’s mercy which the particular station recalls.
Already some groups from parishes in Dublin have made the Pilgrimage of Mercy together and more are planned for later in the year. You can download and print the text for the Pilgrimage of Mercy here.